14,000 Objections


How the ‘monster sewage plant’ in Clonshaugh will look

This morning.

Plans for a €500 million waste water treatment plant in north Dublin have been given the go ahead by An Bord Pleanála.

The facility which local residents labelled a “monster sewage plant” provoked 14,000 objections…

The permission allows for a 12km outfall pipeline to bring the treated wastewater from there to Baldoyle and out to sea for discharge around 1km north east of Ireland’s Eye.

…Local residents, farmers, water sport clubs and environmentalists had opposed the plan fearing the effect on the local land and the sea.

In particular they questioned the effect on Dublin Bay’s UNESCO designation and in particular Ireland’s Eye which will be near the outfall.

Good times.

€500m ‘monster sewage plant’ gets go ahead in Dublin (RTÉ)

Earlier: Sewer Would You Get It?

14 thoughts on “14,000 Objections

  1. Jake38

    Cue a good decade of legal appeals, new beach houses for our learned friends in the courts, etc, etc, etc.

    1. george

      They won’t. That’s not what the objections are about. People don’t want a sewerage plant near their houses.

      1. Rob_G

        This is just a load of buzzwords thrown together… which citizens’ rights are being trampled upon, by whom?

  2. scottser

    but sure in 50 years time it’ll be under water, according to the climate people.
    would this not be better built up at ticknock?

    1. theo kretschmar schuldorff

      Irish Water’s site-selection considerations:
      a) Less pumping involved the closer you are to sea-level
      b) Rich people live close to Ticknock
      c) There’s a large traveler accom adjacent to this site

  3. Madam X

    Ah they would rather keep allowing raw sewage into the bay from Ringsend. Much less up market dont ye know

    1. Rob_G

      Don’t know if you’ve seen any property prices in Ringsend lately; it’s certainly not downmarket any more.

  4. RobbieC

    Dont worry, they have a new bill to cut down these pesky “objections”. Soon, we wont have any say!

    -Complete change to existing cost rules for environmental cases from a system where costs should “not be prohibitively expensive” to a cost cap rules system with court discretion. This exposes the public and eNGOs to much higher costs and uncertainty, ensuring that many will be dissuaded from bringing a case in the first place and makes it harder to engage lawyers [4]
    -Change in standing rights requirements for applicants from “sufficient interest” to “substantial interest” and a requirement that they must be “directly affected by a proposed development” and “in a way which is peculiar or personal”. This is in addition to a new requirement that the applicant must have had prior participation in the planning process [5]
    -Extension of the minimum time that an NGO must be in existence before it can challenge a planning decision from 12 months to 3 years, thereby essentially ruling out newly established citizen-led NGOs concerned with local environmental issues from bringing challenges [6]
    -Insertion of a new requirement that NGOs must have a minimum of 100 affiliated members, thereby ruling out the vast majority of Irish groups from bringing challenges [7]
    -Increased requirements for the “leave” stage (where you get court permission to challenge). The Heads of the Bill propose going back to the abandoned “on notice” system and adding to the tests and complexity of the leave – this adds to the costs, duration and difficulty of court proceedings


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